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WSPA only uses about 25% of their donations to do actual "work" - here's their assessment on Charity Navigator:http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4767THe best bet is always to donate to local Humane societies, where people are genuinely concerned about animals, not about protecting high directorship salaries.(it's always a good idea to check out a charity's financials before donating to it... sadly, most are essentially scams.)
I posted this with referrals from people I know, but I'll get on this, and report back here, if what Anonymous says, is true.
Thanks for sharing on an important topic.
I also use charity navigator to "check out" charities, and have found that just b/c an organization uses a high proportion of their funds for fundraising doesn't necessarily mean they don't do good work.
Cecily West Executive Director (The person identified as holding the highest position of management, and therefore who would normally be responsible for carrying out the mission of the charity and leading the organization on a day-to-day basis.) $160,008 2.07% So, she pays herself $160 THOUSAND A YEAR, THAT IS WELL OVER A MILLION IN A HALF IN 10 YEARS, AND SHE COULD TAKE A MEAGER THOUGH STILL HIGH SALARY AT $60 K A YEAR. SHE THEN COULD PUT THE OTHER 100 K TOWARDS PROTECTING THOSE ANIMALS SHE SO DEARLY CARES FOR AND MAKE ALL THE MORE PROGRESS! WHAT A WITCH!
Hi Lisa, thanks for giving us the opportunity to respond to this post on your blog. It would appear that Anonymous has been misinformed. As I am situated in our UK office, so I am not sure whether the Charity Navigator site for which they provided a link is a recognised body in the US. Regardless of this, the graph shows supposed programme expenses of WSPA US to be 85.9%, which is the category under which our animal welfare work would fall, so I am not sure as to how they have misinterpreted this to equate to 25%.WSPA’s global review gives accurate income and expenditure figures for WSPA’s work worldwide. Our 2011 report shows that 74% of WSPA’s global expenditure went directly to our animal welfare programmes – 9% to end inhumane culling, 9% to assist animals in disasters, 10% towards the fight against the commercial exploitation of wildlife, 17% to improve farm welfare standards and 29% to promote advocacy for animals on a global scale. Only 20% of WSPA’s expenditure went towards fundraising activities (which is an extremely small percentage bearing in mind we are predominantly reliant on this for income) and only 6% went towards organisational support (which includes things like staff salaries). As with all registered charities in this country, WSPA UK is overseen by the Charity Commission, a government body who we are accountable to for transparency with regards to our finances. If your followers would like to view our actual income and expenditure as reported by the Charity Commission, they can do so by following this link http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1081849&SubsidiaryNumber=0 Additionally, should they wish to view WSPA’s reports in more details, they can find our global and UK reviews are available online at http://www.wspa.org.uk/whoarewe/Default.aspxThank you,NikkiWSPA UK
Thank you for your response.As you can see, I still support your fine organization.Peace to you!
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